Christmas trees and Christmas decorations

A busy start to the week, resulting in an expanding waistline. Perhaps abstinence in the new Year might reverse the trend ……… must [will try] to take time out this week for some exercise.

Tuesday this week involved a trip to London for a lunch, at London Marriott Hotel County hall, and afterwards a trip to Liberty’s in Regent Street. The Regent Street Christmas Lights were the same as last year. Well, not quite, they’ve called the lights, re-imagined. Meaning they’re the same but with subtle changes.

Yesterday its was the Camberley & District Probus Club Christmas lunch, held at Pine Ridge Golf Club. Over 100 members, wives, widows and guests joined our one monthly lunch in the year where wives and partners are join us, accompanied with excellent food, humourous speeches, and general good bonhomie.

Here’s my seasonal selection of photos.


The Mayor switches on the lights on the Bagshot Christmas Tree

Tina Carney, Bagshot resident, and whizz organiser, ensured that funds were available for Bagshot’s Christmas Tree. The Mayor, Cllr Valerie White, was on her home patch for a change. She switched on the lights, and joined in the carol singing at the event at 5.0pm on Saturday 2nd December.

All the fun of the Fayre – in Lightwater

The Lightwater Christmas Fayre in the Square yesterday morning was a success; weather was kind, children’s singing and dancing was charming, mulled wine was enticing, free mince pies from the Co-op, excellent turkey bap and cranberry sauce at George Arthur Butchers, artificial snow, Santa Claus distributed goodies, warmth and refreshments in Randalls Coffee & Wine Bar …… gosh, I could go on.

Organisational success is due to the energies of the Lightwater Business Association’s volunteers, with the support of The Co-op Food store. Here’s my brief photo montage, and an even briefer video.

Lightwater’s Christmas Fayre in the Square was a popular place to be on Saturday

I was a late arrival at yesterday’s Fayre in the Square in Lightwater. Even so, I found happy crowds circulating the stalls and watching the dancers and singers.

It was a pleasure to see Cllr John Winterton, the Mayor of Surrey Heath, spending time with stallholders and visitors. I bought mulled wine from the Lightwater Business Association stall, a necessity given the rather nippy temperature. Here are a few photos of the event. Lightwater Fayres are good for people meeting – had plenty of enjoyable conversations.   [Click on image to expand]

A full house for Surrey Police Band’s concert at St Barbara’s Church, Deepcut

There wasn’t a spare seat at St Barbara’s Church, Deepcut for the Surrey Police Band’s charity Christmas Concert, under the musical direction of Graham Atterbury.

Those who know the pleasures of this concert know that half way through the programme there’s a break for refreshments and cake. The cakes being made by members of the band, and jolly tasty they were too. Not admitting to the number I ate.

St Barbara’s is a splendid venue for the band as the acoustics suit brass band. The band filled the church with their music. I reckoned that there were almost 30 band members. The audience helped with the singing of three carols. I videoed the band’s rendering of Symphonic Highlights from Frozen by Anderson-Lopez and Lopez arr Bulla, which I’ll post here later. Meanwhile, here are a few photos, including the one of Graham Atterbury presenting a cheque to The Children’s Trust.

The pleasure of singing at Surrey Heath Singers Christmas Carol Concert

Surrey Heath Singers Christmas ConcertThe Christmas Carol Concert of Surrey Heath Singers at High Cross Church last Saturday was well supported. An enthusiastic audience, with gusto, joined the Singers perform popular carols. [Click on programme to enlarge]. Gosh, I was lucky, next to me was a lady with a lovely voice – found out she was a past member visiting. Hid my tuneless contribution.

The concert was interspersed with choral pieces. Zero Harmony a small choir of Siemens in Frimley also performed and joined Surrey Heath Singers in the carols.

Also performing in the concert were Singit! [a cappella group – sung without instrumental accompaniment] comprising a small group of the Surrey Heath Singers.

Here’s my brief photo montage and short video of the Singers performing Gabriel’s message, arranged by David Willcocks.

Surrey Police Band’s popular Christmas Concert at the Garrison Church, Deepcut

Surrey Police Band posterThe Surrey Police Band is appearing at St Barbara’s Church, Deepcut Bridge Road, Deepcut, on Sunday 20th December. The concert begins at 6.0pm. The Band says about their concert,

Fun for all the family at our annual Christmas Concert! Bring your tinsel and come and get in the Christmas spirit as we play all your festive favourites. Raising money for Shooting Star Chase.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling our box office on 07849 675627. Remaining tickets will be available on the door. Ticket prices: Adults £5.0, Children (5-16) £4.0, and Free for Children.

Click on poster to visit website to book.

Festive family fun with carols at Frimley Lodge Park & Christmas clue hunt at Lightwater Country Park

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced festive fun for all the family in Surrey Heath

There are lots of Christmas activities taking place in Surrey Heath this December to help get you into the festive spirit.

Welcome the start of the festive season with some carol singing.  Come to Frimley Lodge Park and join the Surrey Heath Singers on 11 December for Candlelit Carols in the Park.  This is a free event that will take place from 6pm – 7pm.  There will be candles and refreshments available to buy from 5:30pm.

There is festive fun for all the family at Lightwater Country Park on 20 December.  Along with the traditional Christmas clue hunt around the park, this year you can come and meet the animal stars of the nativity story, including a donkey, a calf and a sheep.

With craft activities to enjoy indoors as well as a guest appearance from Cracker the Comedy Camel, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day!  This event will take place from 10am – 3pm and costs £4.50 per child (one adult free with every child).